For British producer Alex Drury, variety has been an essential spice of life. Now formally found under the revered guise of Alex Metric, his leaps between the mainstream and underground dance spectrum have continued to assert that for an industry thought to be made up of opposing sides, concentrated eclecticism can still be a key driver of success. From the Ammunition EP series for OWSLA, to production duties alongside Steve Angello and Ian Brown, his genre-hopping approach has kept loyal fans and newfound advocates in constant rotation, all to the avail of an early inauguration to North American club land and a proven ability to hold his corner whatever crowd, club or nation. With a discography scattered with French touch, breaks, big bass and stirring pop crossover records, it is easy to see why Alex Metric has held his corner consistently across dance music’s proven tendency to leap and bow to modern cultural influences.
This month, however, all eyes turned to much anticipated collaborative duties alongside British peer and national treasure Jacques Lu Cont, alongside whom commercial crossover anthem “Safe With You” found a comfortable nest amid Ministry of Sound’s burgeoning output of club offerings. Dancing Astronaut took the opportunity to grill Alex on crossing over to the ‘dark-side’, juggling eclecticism with consistent popularity and whether this long fabled album will ever see the light of day amid his industrious reckoning. (more…)
Three-piece beat fiends Keys N Krates have found considerable stamina in their live dance shenanigans for 2013. Already relishing in the support of Annie Mac and donning their remix duties to the likes of Chris Lake and Steve Aoki’s “Boneless,” Alex Metric’s impending Ministry of Sound crossover “Safe With You” is the next vital piece of the puzzle for their prompt overhaul of the remix platform. At a time when trap and its likeminded sub-handles appears to have dimmed down on the European circuit, Keys N Krates refine the sound to a persuasive new medium. Fierce beats in motion and swinging in and out of the original’s infectious topline, the Canadian trio emerges with yet another notion that this is one hard-hitting outfit set to outrun the vast majority of their peers for the trail ahead. (more…)
Following up Calvin Harris’s remix of Empire of the Sun’s “DNA,” comes British production wizard Alex Metric with his own, much heavier rendition. Spinning Luke Steele’s vocals into his own punchy electro house framework, Metric kicks the energy up a notch while the Empire of the Sun frontman keeps things positively psychedelic.
One of the most consistent presences in electronic music, Alex Metric, has been quietly and expertly creating unique club tracks since he got his start in 2007. Drawing influences from indie rock and the cut-and-paste style of France’s Ed Banger crew, Metric developed his own unique style birthed out of his love for big beats and breaks. Not confined to one sound or style, he frequently finds himself retouching numerous genres with an impeccable French electro finish.
LA electronic music fans descended upon downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, ready to experience the sights and sounds of HARD Summer. Providing music that could attract ears of all types, from deep house to techno to electro to dubstep and back, the twelve hour event provided a well-curated display of the current pulse of dance music. Click through to read more about the moments that will be cemented in our minds.
Annie Mac first premiered the dub mix to Alex Metric and Jacques Lu Cont’s ”Safe With You” back in May and now the more summer-friendly extended mix has been unveiled, and it’s stunning. I become more intoxicated with each listen. The vocals flow perfectly alongside the dancing synth line and driving bassline. Metric and Price are undoubtedly two of the more unique minds in house music and their polished collaborative production behind “Safe With You” is evidence of their dexterous abilities. No word on the release date of the extended mix yet, but you can pick up the dub mix on Beatport today.
After causing a stir for a music video with a rather unhappy ending, Foals’ “Bad Habit” is once again at the center of attention. The indie tune was recently reworked by Alex Metric, who cut a bit of the sadness but added four additional minutes of groove. Metric kept his fellow countrymen’s vocals but sliced and diced them up, leaving gaps for his own composition to shine through. Swapping strums for cymbals and cascading triplets, the indie vibes take on a house beat with electronica undertones. Though no release date has been announced yet, the track is “coming soon.”
Zedd is on fire. Between producing Lady Gaga‘s new album, achieving gold status on Clarity and performing on Jimmy Fallon, Anton has quickly become an EDM superstar. To celebrate his success, Zedd has announced a world tour covering 6 continents across 4 months, with support from Alex Metric and Oliver. Dates have been announced for September and October in the US. October dates for Europe, November dates for South America and December shows for Australia and Asia will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale June 28th. Look for more information at momentofclaritytour.com.
Before Pete Tong dropped Axwell’s anticipated new premiere and Daft Punk’s long awaited interview on BBC Radio 1′s dance music marathon last night, Annie Mac shared the new dub mix collaboration between talented Brits Alex Metric and Jacques Lu Cont “Safe With You.” Featuring the vocals of Malin from Niki & The Dove, the track boasts pure energy with a big room flare in a perfectly mastered 80s dance feel. Jacques Lu Cont spoke of the inspiration of the release with Annie:
“What I really love is working on music where the objective isn’t about how commercially successful it has to be. Within dance music it’s totally liberating and you do what makes you feel good. The other thing that’s good with DJing is no matter what you’ve made, you know within five seconds of putting that record on in the club whether it’s any good or not, and you don’t get that anywhere else. It’s so immediate and magical like that. I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Release date on Ministry of Sound is still to be determined.
Get ready for some old school nostalgia. Alex Metric and Mark Yardley’s latest video for “Ilium” puts a modern spin on a vintage Atari feel. The video falls right in line with Metric’s latest single off the Ammunition Pt. 3 EP delivering a frantic montage of a digital space odyssey. Always a sucker for anything involving astronauts we couldn’t dare pass up sharing this one.